International Journal of Occupational Hygiene 2016. 8(4):.

Psychological Health and its relation with Occupational Stress in Midwives
Somayeh Rahimim Moghadam, Mahmood Moosazadeh, Mahmood Mohamadyan, Mojtaba Emkani, Narges Khanjani, Mohammad Naser Layegh Tizabi


Background: Occupational stress and employee's health status can affect their productiveness and quality of services. Therefore, it is necessary to evaluate the effective factors in this regard. This study was conducted in order to evaluate the relation between psychological health and occupational stress among the midwives employed at the governmental and private hospitals of Neyshabur, Iran.

Materials and Methods: In this cross-sectional (descriptive and analytical) study, all of the employed midwives in the governmental and private hospitals of Neyshabur (78 people) were enrolled in the study in 2015. Data was gathered through the standard Goldberg General Health Questionnaire and the Altmaier's Occupational Stress Questionnaire was used. Data analysis was done with SPSS 20.

Results: This research showed that only 14% of the midwives were psychologically healthy, and 86% had some degrees of psychological disorders. Also 54%of them were averagely stressed and 46% suffered from severe stress. The results of this research showed an opposite and significant association between psychological health and occupational stress in midwives (p=0.049).

Conclusion: This study showed that most midwives working in these hospitals suffered from psychological disorders. Probably occupational stress was involved in deteriorating their psychological health.


Psychological, Occupational, Stress, Midwives, Iran

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